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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Ever wonder what it's like to be in a Ralph Lauren ad? We experienced this first hand at the 32nd Annual Harriman Cup with our favorite social university, IVY. Thousands of ladies and gentlemen  gathered at Bethpage State Park in Long Island to cheer on the polo alumni teams of Yale and University of Virginia. The Harriman Cup is so much more than a polo match. It is an annual fundraiser and, for many, marks the end of summer and the final opportunity to sport seersucker jackets, obnoxiously colored pants and elaborate hats or fascinators.
The Harriman Cup is a non-profit that was founded in 1984. The goal of the organization is to promote polo and support collegiate polo programs at Yale and UVA. Hundreds of fashionable Manhattanites boarded the LIRR at Penn Station for a quick 50 min train ride to Bethpage. 
Dressing up is a significant part of the Harriman Cup. Ralph, Ted and Lilly were all equally represented at the event. Women wore summer dresses with large, floppy hats or extravagant fascinators while the gentlemen sported navy jackets, bright bow-ties, and pocketsquares. Awards were distributed to best dressed, best hat, best fascinator, best tailgate and best dog.
Tailgating is another big part of the Harriman Cup. We sipped on Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails and dined on yummy hors d'oeuvres throughout the day in the IVY tent.
The vintage cars showcased at the event made for excellent photo ops. Somehow Kanchana even got to hold the trophy!
Thanks to IVY for organizing a wonderful day and Sunny for taking these amazing shots. Congrats to UVA on their fifth consecutive win at 16 vs. 7 and cheers to our final chance to summer in style!

“The Polo Lounge is like a fine old mink coat: opulent, dignified and warm.”––Bryan Miller

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